The Evening: Iran, Yemen, Straight into Darkness and More
April 19, 2017
It's Wednesday, April 19th.
Iran's Alarming Provocations
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson today accused Iran of “alarming ongoing provocations” to destabilize countries in the Middle East and of undermining US interests in Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon, as Reuters reported late this afternoon.
Dive Deeper: See the Washington Institute’s Michael Singh on “Deterring Tehran: An Iran Policy for the New Administration.”
Mattis of Arabia
While visiting Saudi Arabia, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis today called for a political solution in Yemen between Sunni Arabs, supported by a Saudi-led coalition, and Iranian-backed Houthis, but he stopped short of publicly warning America’s Sunni allies against a planned bombing campaign targeting the port city of Al Hudaydah, as the New York Times’ Helene Cooper reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman has a related report: “Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen: Is Decisive Force an Option?”
The Pentagon will conduct two high-stakes tests in May of its ability to shoot down missiles launched out of North Korea, as CNN’s Barbara Starr reports.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Ian Williams and Tom Karako have written a new commentary: “North Korea’s New Missiles on Parade.”
In That Number
The number of people who were killed today in a protest in Venezuela that has been dubbed “the mother of all protests.” Source: CNN.
“It remains clear that North Korea is tacking hard toward more use of solid fuel. Such a development is concerning, as these missiles are better suited to mobile deployments and can be fired with little preparation or warning.”
—CSIS’s Ian Williams and Thomas Karako in a new commentary, “North Korea’s New Missiles on Parade.”
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Vice President Mike Pence delivers a speech before US and Japanese soldiers onboard USS Ronald Reagan at the US Naval base today in Yokosuka.
“Recalibrating Deterrence to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism,” by Robert Litwak for the Washington Quarterly.
This Town Tomorrow
Join the CSIS Europe Program at 9:30 a.m. for a discussion with Paolo Gentiloni, prime minister of Italy, on the future engagement of Italy and the United States in the Mediterranean, as well as Italy’s objectives for the upcoming G7 Summit in Sicily and its vision for the future of Europe.
Join CSIS’s Middle East Program at 3:00 p.m. for “Vision 2030: One Year into Saudi Arabia's Economic Reforms.”
And join the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace online at 11:00 a.m. for “G20 Priorities and Transatlantic Relations,” featuring a conversation with Wolfgang Schäuble, finance minister of Germany.
Earlier this month, CSIS’s Missile Defense Project hosted the report launch of Missile Defense 2020: Next Steps for Defending the Homeland featuring a keynote address by Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK).
CogitAsia released a new podcast today, “Achieving Energy Efficiency in India’s States.”
There are certain musicians who write perfect songs and execute them flawlessly. For me, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers stand at the very top of the short list of artists that fit this criteria. Sometimes, I listen to Petty and I can hardly believe my ears. For almost four decades, Petty and the Heartbreakers have been making some of the best rock ‘n’ roll that has ever been made.
I’ve been listening to Petty’s early 1980s material the past few days. And I found this rare clip of “Straight into Darkness.” It’s a gem.